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The Catalan Shepherd, a very energetic dog

The Catalan Shepherd gives the image of a real teddy bear with its long, wavy and very abundant coat. Contrary to what his physique reveals, he is not a slacker. On the contrary, it is a dog that has energy to spare, a quality that is indispensable for guarding and driving herds. He can also take on the role of a companion dog, provided he receives regular physical and mental stimulation.

Characteristics of the Catalan Shepherd

The Catalan Shepherd is a friendly and hardy dog with an average height of 45 to 53 cm for females and 47 to 55 cm for males, and a weight of 15 to 18 kg. It is appreciated for its harmonious constitution, but also for its vivacity and sobriety. This dog has a strong head, slightly convex and wide at the base, supporting a skull with a pronounced occipital bone and a visible stop without being excessively marked. The dog reveals well opened eyes, of round shape which give off dark amber notes. The look expresses a lot of intelligence, a quality that is the signature of the Catalan Shepherd. Concerning his ears, they are fine, in triangle, pointed at the end and mobile. They are also furnished with hair in the form of long bangs. The coat is also long, wavy or smooth and flat. From a distance, it looks like a solid black coat. However, in reality, it combines several shades: gray, sand and fawn.

History of the Catalan Shepherd Dog breed

Although the Catalan Shepherd is a fairly common Iberian shepherd breed, its origins remain relatively unclear. In fact, there is no official record of its origins. This is due in part to its geographic isolation. Nevertheless, the mystery surrounding its history did not prevent it from being officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1954. The Catalan Shepherd Dog originated in the Catalan Pyrenees and is believed to be a cross between local breeds of dogs and the Bergamasco Shepherd Dog. It is the shepherds and shepherdesses of Catalonia who have contributed to its success.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Catalan Shepherd

The Catalan Shepherd shines by its intelligence. When working, they are even able to take the initiative to prevent the herd from dispersing and to facilitate its direction. In addition to its qualities in guarding and driving the livestock, it can also carry out guarding missions because it is courageous and brave. On the other hand, the Catalan Shepherd is gentle and calm towards children, which is why he will make a wonderful companion close to his family. Dynamic and lively, this dog is only happy in the presence of its masters. He is sociable and can get along with his fellow dogs. Moreover, it can live in an apartment, but must go for walks and exercise every day.

Nutrition and main health problems of the Catalan Shepherd

The Catalan Shepherd is not subject to any specific hereditary disease. However, it is recommended to watch its growth to avoid damaging the articular cartilage as it happens in big dogs. As far as food is concerned, this is not a demanding animal. It will be necessary to take into account its physical activities to rationalize and formulate its meals.